AKA: Books I think are awesome.
AKA: Books I hate to lend to people, so I just buy them as gifts instead.
(I like lending books to people, on the whole. It's fun to share, and it's even more fun when someone enjoys the book you've recommended to them. And as someone who has dropped many a book in the bath, and carried them around in my bag, I don't tend to worry that they're going to break the spine or anything like that (although I draw the line at used condoms, which my mum, who works in a library, once found sandwiched between the pages of a returned book). But there are a handful of books that I just don't like to lend out. I like to have them with me, just in case I want to re-read them. I worry that they might not find their way back to me. Irrational, yes.)
Here's my list:
1. Into The Wild - Jon Krakauer
This is one of my favourite books. I like to know it's there if I want to read it, but more than that, I feel very strongly about it, and I'd be disappointed if the person I'd lent it to didn't feel the same.
2. Tales of The City - Armistead Maupin
A recurrent feature on my TTT, and another all-time favourite. I have lent this book out on occasion, but again, I'd be disappointed if it didn't go over well. My copy is a little worn these days. :)
3. The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides
I'd had this book for a long time, and I have given it as a gift once or twice to preclude me having to let someone borrow it - terrible I know!
4. For Esme, With Love and Squalor - J. D. Salinger
My copy of The Catcher In The Rye has been missing for a while (I think my brother has it), but For Esme is harder to get hold of, and I like to keep it close.
5. The Plot Against America - Philip Roth
I have lent this to my friend's boyfriend, but I like to give this as a gift just because it's such an amazing book. (See, I'm not a total book-hog!)
6. Naive. Super. - Erlend Loe
Another TTT mainstay. I can't help it. I love this book. The Boy has my copy, but that's as far as it goes.
7. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
If I give you this as a gift, it's normally accompanied by "READITREADITREADIT" in a scary whisper. Just FYI.
8. The Sorrows of an American - Siri Hustvedt
My first Hustvedt novel, and one I shove into other people's hands freely. In the nicest possible way. :)
9. Fever Pitch / High Fidelity - Nick Hornby
You know, when Nick Hornby was good. I wore my copy of Fever Pitch to death as a teenager.
10. Elvis, Jesus and Coca Cola - Kinky Friedman
Or really, any Kinky Friedman mystery. I lent all the ones I own to my dad recently, who introduced me to these years ago. I like to give people copies in the hope of spreading the word. :)